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, gorgia. he visited not just thafrican- america community but he went to the southwest ad visited with mrant workers. tavis: whatou mak of the fact there was the specialond between ted kennedy and his others and africaamericans? knowing your hiory, here you ara poor country boy from alabama, and there are aot of othe country black folk back in the y or be funded byhese rich white guys from massachusetts. -- who were defrded by these rich white guys from massachusetts. how was that? -- to work beiended by these rich ite guys from massachusetts how was that? >> it may have appeared be strange, ty could travel to e delta missiippi and georgia you cou see a picre, especiallyfter the assassinion of dr. king and john knedy, the would bea picture of jn f. kennedy, rert kennedy, martinuther king jr., and picture jesus. vis: i haveome church fans in my personal collection evybody who would go to ts churches would seehose pictures on tho fans. i was thought itwas azing that it wld be in churches all acrs america. >> have some of those al. somehow, in some way,hese men gave peop a sense of
that it would be in churches all across america. >> i have some of those also. somehow, in some way, these men gave people a sense of hope in a time of hopelessness. tavis: you were there, one of e ft ld dr. king. we know that you were beaten and almost killed on a number of locations. you were the youngest person to speak at the march on washington on that day where king gave the "i have a dream" speech. your resume is intact and regard to your duty and service on the civil rights front. because you were there, you were there, and dr. king was not always happy with john kennedy or bobby kennedy. edward kennedy seemed to take a different tact. what you make of that? >> -- what do you make of that? >> we were not always happy with the president of -- the position of president kennedy or robert kennedy, but along came brother teddy kennedy, who bitterly as a senator threw everything that he had, his soul, his heart, his guts into supporting strong supports legislation and to be a voice. i think he learned from his brothers that we could do better, and he wanted to eat -- one of the strongest pie
. it is an important part of america. the show should look like america. when we started "the tonight show" he handled the music and i kendall the comedy. we never had a setup where i was the boss. we were always equal on the show. the funniest thing to me was that whenever we do jaywalking, when there is an african american guy i see him go like this. now he represents all afafcan americans. when we watched tv and "the untouchables" were on. the italian guy was eating the salami. why do they always have to have that? turn it off. my grandfather would do that. my grandfather was italy and hardly spoke english. he was always amazed that people would eat out of their ethnic group. look at that, a black guy eating spaghetti. a chinese guy eating a hot dog. he was amazed that black america -- black people would eat african-american food. he would always comment when someone was eating out of their ethnic group. this always struck me even as a little kid. >> your dad and mom and lived long enough to see you become successful. prior to that, what did your working dad think of his son going into show busine?
-life balance and we were just telling our story. we started to talk to women across america and we found professional women saying the same thing. the workplace as it is, that old model does not work for us. >> is itavis: is it true that women cannot write their rules for success? >> being prepared in some point in your career to say that we will do something counterintuitive. we might take a step sideways. we might turn down a promotion because we want to keep the balance. it is what is called plateauing. man endeavor men are saying we want less responsibility of work. we do not want that work, like model. we want something that is more balanced. that is amazing. how the generations get this idea about -- when i was at college in the 1980's i assumed i would be doing this 70 hour weeks and have a fabulous husband and fit in a couple kids but no one talked about them very much. i realized after i had my first child it was not having it all. it was doing it all. it was a kind of drudgery and it did not work. tavis: does that leave you cannot have it all? >> we talk something -- talk about
? >> yes. boxing was good for me. when i saw joe lewis. and he made my -- it was nazi germany vs. america, the land of the free. and america had won when he knocked out maxmeli. i was 8 years old. and i saw the joy in my mother and ther's faces. it was like the world -- america, running through the streets. it was all that. and i looked at that. as a kid of 8, i go what could i ever do in my life that would make people happy. all around but also my parent, mainly. it gave me inspiration. and so my inspiration from there was to make people happy like that like joe lewis did. and like obama just did. [laughter] tavis: whole lot of people. >> and that was that whole thing but it was that same kind of feeling. but i was 8 years old. soy started boxing and i wanted to be champion. and i fought hard on that. joe lewis was my hero -- idol -- hero. but later on ray robinson became my idol. he feels smooth. he was sharp. and he had more girls. [laughter] >> yeah. and so -- and that was good. oh, man. i went -- win-win situation here. tavis: so one of the ways to get girls is to know how to write a
, as it were? >> well, tavis, if we're going to have fair health care in america and not have single payer, which means the government does it all, then there has to be -- there must be a public option, which is to say the government has to provide a competitive alternative to private insurance companies and this talk about well, maybe we don't actually need a public option, maybe we can get a couple of co-ops to do something is really nonsense. if there is to be health care, government has to be present with a public option so there is genuine competition and the insurance companies know they have got to offer fair prices and fair contracts to those who they contract with. frankly i don't think there will be health care at all unless there is a public option and i hope to god that means there will be a public option. tavis: interdependence in part means having civil dialogue with our friends and neighbors around the world. what is your sense of how these uncivil conversations of late have been taking place around this contentious issue of health care? >> that is a great way to put it, tav
out, as i were? >> well, tavis, if wre going to have ir health care in america and not have single payer, which meanshe gernment does it all, then there has be -- there must be a blic option, which is to say the vernment has to provide a competive altnative private insunce companies anthis talk abouwell, maybe we don't actually ed a public opti, maybe we can get a cole of co-ops to do something is really nonsense if there is to health care, government has to be psent with a publioption so there is genuine competition and the surance companies know they have got toffer fair prices and fair conacts to those who they contract with. frankly i don't think therwill be health care at l unless there is public option and i hope to god that ans there will ba public option. vis: interdependence in part ans having civil dialogue wi our friends and ighbors around thworld. what is yo sense of how these unciviconversations of late have beetaking place around thisontentious issue of health care? >> that is areat way to put , tavis. it is true that we are frids, -- we e used to being rather civil
america's earning money, at some point, one would hope that they would start reinvesting that money back into their businesses, and that would add into employment. the housing market, we are starting to see some signs. i think it is far from clear, but there are some signs that we are seeing at bottom, and that is so important to people's ability to spend money. if you feel the value of your home continues to decline, it affects a lot of your decision making in terms of big purchases. the same thing happens in reverse. of course, when housing prices were soring,oaring, people will buying. tavis: delving into where we are and how we got here, economically speaking, you go back not just two or three years ago but to 9/11. make a case of how, what we are dealing with today can be traced back to 9/11. >> alan greenspan, the then chairman of the federal reserve, sought our economy might come to a complete standstill, and he almost immediately started to lower our interest rates -- thought our economy might come to a complete standstill. it actually stopped growing entirely after we came out o
systems are not properly built. it's still seems to me that it is a city that america has forgotten. the same is true of other communities in louisiana, too. meanwhile, the wetlands keep disappearing. the famous statement about losing land it every day and the gulf of mexico is getting closer to new orleans. it is still a troubled region that needs a lot of federal help. tavis: some people say the city has been forgotten. one of the things ted kennedy tried to do was remind us so we would not forget those who are left out, which raises the question, who now, with all due respect to others, who is fighting for in new orleans? who was that voice on the federal level that has the clout and power and stature to make something happen? >> we do not have a voice down there. it is interesting, i had breakfast with rubin bridges, out early 1960's was in new orleans, and she famously integrated federal marshals in school, people through tomatoes at her. norman rockwell did a famous painting about her. that school is now boarded up. there are some signs that the school is doing better, but by
majorityf demoats in the congress and frankly aajority of america think there ought to be public option. all a public optio isllowing pele under 65 to signp for something likeedicare is all it is. and giving peoe a choice. nobody has to sign up for this. ifhey don't want a government program, then they on't have to sigup for one. and that'she way america orks is giving ordinary people a choicenstead of having t oice made for them by insurance companiesnd congresspeople and bureauats. vis: speaking of ngresspeople you don't think anof these persons, members of congress, whenthey come back to wo in a matter of days, are going to have been spook by all thi hue and c in these town hall meetings and therefe not cast their vote fothe public option? >> i think at the end of the day they'll d what congresspeople are supsed to do whi is work stuffut. the only difference is the republicans won't at the tablbut conservatives a moderates wi be in the form of blue dogs. i said, i think when we talked last week i said i thought the ue dogs made the bill a better bill and connue to think it's gng to be a
-american. and the wine business in general in america took off and people started to really appreciate wine and the healthful quaties and enjoyment. wine is a no-lose situation. it's good with your meal. you can learn about it. you can have a wonderful wine for $10 or even less, and then you can have one that's even more wonderful and it never stops. it just goes up and up and up. and the wine business took off, and i suddenly found i had a company that was doing real well and i had equally gotten involved with these resorts that i had built for the fun of it. so i decided, well, now i can finance my own movies. tavis: it is an amazing, amazing journey that you've been on. is there anything -- i don't know that there is. but if there is, francis ford coppola would know. is there anything we don't know about "apocypse now"? it seems that it's been written about everything that happened on the set to keep that project from being made. is there anything we don't know about the making of that film? >> well, you know, i always like my children to be with me. so i had a little rule with my wife t
together. for me, one thing we lost in america, used to be -- compared to europe. storytelling is what hollywood did better, anow we are the -- and now we are the worst. they set up the situation in 20 minutes andhat is what you see. the rest of the movie lives up to that. that isot a story. speed is a fun movie. they liv up to the situation. but a story is supposed to unfold. you can't know everything in 15 or 20 minutes. you wouldn't go to the beginning of a movie. you come in whenever, and watch it. and you'd stay to watch until you came in. and we would see the beginning, how did they get there from here? this is so different from where we came in. that doesn't happen at all. i want to tell a story that is unfolding and you don't know everythi until the deep part of the movie. tavis: what led to this? >> trying to break movies down into a sentence. die hard on a bus. you don't have to say much more. and then, like i said. i am not a snob about that. some movies do that well. an intriguing premise and if you live up to it, you've had a good night. but the storytelling thing, when yo
't have to sign up for one. and that's the way america works is giving ordinary people a choice instead of having the choice made for them by insurance companies and congresspeople and bureaucrats. tavis: speaking of congresspeople you don't think any of these persons, members of congress, when they come back to work in a matter of days, are going to have been spooked by all this hue and cry in these town hall meetings and therefore not cast their vote for the public option? >> i think at the end of the day they'll do what congresspeople are supposed to do which is work stuff out. the only difference is the republicans won't be at the table but conservatives and moderates will be in the form of blue dogs. i said, i think when we talked last week i said i thought the blue dogs made the bill a better bill and continue to think it's going to be a very good bill at the end. it won't be perfect but it will be a real piece of reform that's badly needed. i think the president's plan, i said this many times, the president's plan in the campaign was the best health care plan i've seen in 30 year
do anything in america and get away with it as long as you're not a hypocrite about it. when you lie like this. you lie about it, it is hilarious. my soul mate! no! you don't call your girlfriend your soul mate. i'm getting back with my wife although she is my soul mate! no! idiot! tavis: i have read more stories over the years where people have tried to literally analyzed your monologue months and years trying to figure out jay leno's politics. >> yeah. tavis: what do you make of that? >> well, that is not my job. i felt good when the media people said we were about 50/50. the funny thing was well, mr. leno, you and your republican friends. then i had president obama. you and your liberal democratic friends. that means you're doing your job. i'm a comomian. if you read into the jokes, it is more a humanist point of view. you sort of side on the human spirit side. not necessarily republican or democrat. so, no, i'm not a big fan of -- i don't think anybody turns on a comedy show to hear my particular point of view. i can do a joke about president obama and president bush. that's what
thinkers in his face at a town hall meeting. what does this say about health care in america? >> i am not a psychologist. i am puzzled by the behavior of some of these folks. everyone deserves respect including them, if it would just calm down. i do not know what about this gares everybody. no matter what kind of illness you have, you are going to be able to get insurance. this is a bill that is going to include insurance for 47 million americans. if you are working a job now that you do not like, you will be able to take it with you if you move onto another job. there are a lot of good features that the american people want to hear about. tavis: for those who say this is a quintessential example of socialism, what do you say? >> they are full of baloney. if they want socialism, they can go on medicare. this is designed to keep what you have. you get to keep that insurance. if you are somebody that does not have health insurance and you want it, you will be able to get it. you will be able to move from job to job. you will not be denied coverage because you have diabetes or some other
about this is soewhat, but when you refer to the theore roosevelt crusade for america, a great phrase, what you meaby that? >> he believed that if we did forest like a lo of europe, we would be in terrle trouble -- if we derest it like a lot of europe, that we would be i terrible trouble. he put aside vst millions upon millions oacreage of land, safe places, ranging om the grand canyon which was vot to be minedor zinc and asbestos, and ve crater lakend many laces in califora. could go on all day. he give us a great dip -- great gift the crusade was a darwian crusade in this sens the origin of species pot osevelt and his mindthat we had to take care of lesser creares, and he believed tat to lose an animal is like losing a masterpce of old. least have a billion passenger pigeons -- wused to hav a billion passenger pigeons f around. there's not a single one left. roosevelt, who was a hunter, part of the paradox,hich also a great cservationist and what li protectionist. ey're still a lot that could do we' looking at species of nishing regurly all of the anet. tavis: his name is douglas br
the banking industry, corporate america basically. if anybody is getting bailed out, it is them, not the everyday people. i think you are right, there is a sentiment that this show can tap into in season two. the flip side is whether or not as an actor you think that you may be pushing people into a behavior to get back at somebody. you see where i am going with this? >> i do. i do not think the message of the show is to get back. revenge is always a fun concept, to get even. the tagline for the show is " ready to get even." it definitely speaks to the show. but i don't think that the show would ever push people to do things that are outside the boundaries of normal ways of going about doing things. we say about ourselves, we like to say we pick up where the law leaves off in some cases. this is about getting people to say, wait a minute, i do not have to have these things taken away from me, there are other options. if there is a message, it is that. at the same time, it is a tv show. tavis: 88 "death wish." >-- it ain't "death wish." >> that is right, it does not promote peopl
process. i think that we have proven in america that the process of democracy and the free enterprise system has benefited people and enabled people to rise from here to here and live a good life and i think that we have to continue to believe that but there will be enroute flat tires on the way. the motor will stop running and that's where we are. and because we are there, we have to have some patience and we have to have some understanding of where we are and we have to have leadership and i believe that president obama is giving that. tavis: judge sonia sotomayor, she's now making the rounds on capitol hill meeting with senators getting ready for what some would call a fight to be confirmed. what others would call a walk in the park. president obama appears to have the votes. what is your read, not so much on whether she is going to be confirmed but how she has been treated thus far in the process? >> well, there is a saying when the law is against you you found table with facts. if the facts are against you you pound the table with law and if both are against you, you just pound t
of america. i've had people from all races walk up to me with tears in their eyes. i was hearing that stuff in college -- it's a great feeling it gives you and to have stuff that's been around for 50 years. i can remember in the 1960's talking to brian holland about, man, i think we stumbled into something that might be around for a while. we were getting like number one, number one, one after the other with the supremes, the four tops, marvin. it was spooky to have that much success. tavis: do you have any idea of what you hit upon? what was happening in that periods when you were writing these hits? i'm frying to get a sense of whether you know why you all hit it in that moment and kept hitting it? >> timing is everything, as you've probably heard. in a lot of respect in this music -- in the 1960's things were not looking good for music. just before we started in 19 2, a.c.h. teaming up together. elvis has gone to the army. a lot of people or -- were saying that's the end of rock 'n' roll, i told you it wouldn't last, the naysayers and then here we come out of detroit, people would never
environmental law. as everybody on both coasts in this country and across america and around the world, we're seeing the ramification that is climate change is having on our communities and our waterways and our health. and i am on a mission to -- t t raise awareness on this issue, because we don't have any time left to just kind of, belax about it. particularly when it comes to this climate bill that is -- hopefully pending to be passed in the senate. but with the issue of water, the issue of clean water, the u.n. estimates by the year 2050, 40% of the population on the planet will face life threatening clean water shortages. then we need to do something now. we have to stop the industries that are polluting our waterways. coal is a huge industry. and we talk about polluting the environment and the air and waterways. we have to create more of this actism on the issue, which is what -- tavis: obviously, she's more than just a pretty face. having said that, if you talk about climate change, send explorra reuben. and the show is called "raising the bar." it is in its second season. nice to s
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